Our mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. We would like to keep her home with Dad for as long as possible, but we are not sure this is realistic. Is there anything we can do now to try to protect their assets from the high cost of nursing home care in the future?

Our mother has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  With very few exceptions, it is never too late to take some steps to protect and preserve assets, especially where both spouses are living and at least one is in fairly good health.  Harvey Law Offices has helped many families like yours to prepare for possible nursing home placement.  Among other things, transferring assets, establishing trusts and revising wills can assist families in preserving their assets in ways that will meet MassHealth eligibility requirements.  In addition, your father, and your mother as well if her condition is not yet too severe, can name a durable power of attorney and a health care proxy now to make financial and medical decisions for them once they are no longer able to make such decisions themselves.  If you mother’s condition has advanced to the point where she is not able to make such decisions already, we can also assist you in obtaining guardianship and conservatorship authority so that you can assist her with her medical and financial needs now.